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Officials offer income security plans for farmers

Serafina Silaitoga
Sunday, July 27, 2014

THERE is no excuse for poverty and unemployment if land is available to till for income purposes, says principal agricultural officer northern John Cox.

He added that students could also be made aware about the advantages of farming and setting goals.

The Ministry of Agriculture's booth at the Savusavu On Sale event yesterday had posters of farming plans displayed for the public.

"These posters are a guideline to farmers and to those interested in farming as it shows them financial benefits and income security," Mr Cox said.

"If a farmer has a three-year plan of planting 3000 yaqona plants and sell each plant for $30 at the end of the third year, the farmer will receive $90,000.

"So we are encouraging people to make use of the land because they don't have to rely on their jobs alone for income."

Mr Cox said parents should start considering the income security plans drawn up by the ministry.

"The money that is derived from yaqona can cater for expenses that many parents often get worried about especially the tertiary fees," he said.

"If parents start planting yaqona now even if they lease pieces of land, they can take care of future tertiary expenses."

Mr Cox said their involvement in the three-day event had been a success.

"We have had a good response and queries from the public and I am glad we are part of this event because it allows us to share with the people the advantages about farming," he said.

"This same message we will use at our divisional agriculture show in Labasa next week.

"It is important for people to know so they can make changes in their financial plans, especially as parents."








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